Date: August 23, 2013
Tonight’s Location: Homer, AK
Weather: sunny – yippee!
Temperature: start 54º
Wildlife count: Coyote
Year List: 266
Birds: Bald Eagle, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Black-legged Kittiwake, Orange-crowned Warbler, Sandhill Cranes, Glaucous-winged Gull, Semi-palmated Plover, Western & Least Sandpipers, Pacific Golden Plovers, Lesser Scaup, Mallards, Tufted Puffin
It was a slow day at the Visitor’s Center, less than 200 people, though some good discussions. After work, as it was sunny, we drove out on the Spit, and with a brisk southwest wind and strong high tide, waves were crashing onto the Spit road. We can only imagine what the Spit is like in the late fall when the storms come through. One RV (a worker that has lived there all summer) was sitting in water!
We didn’t see many birds, and as we were hungry, we came back home. John grilled our last Harter House filets, along with a fresh salad and Yukon Gold (home grown) baked potato. As soon as we had cleaned up, we drove back out to the Spit, and the tide had receded considerably. However, on the way back, we found 4 Pacific Golden Plovers, newly molted adults and 2 new chicks. They are migrating, may stay for a few tide cycles, and then will head south to the Baja for the winter. The cloud patterns were lovely across the bay – we even caught a young coyote attempting to find food on Mud Bay, but it didn’t get very far.